By Drain Doctor on 26/11/2015

Earlier this week we alluded to the odd things that water workers find lodged down drains, anything from the weird and the wonderful to the downright dangerous including adult toys, space hoppers and even a hand grenade!

But none of these items came close to matching the pain in the drain caused by the thousands of wet wipes flushed down the loo, or the greasy fats and oils poured down the sink, according to the Consumer Council for Water.

Steve Grebby, CCWater’s sewerage expert, said: “Sewer flooding causes misery for thousands of households every year, which is why it’s in all our interests to keep our drains and sewers clear and flowing freely.

“One very simple way we can do that is by making sure we only flush pee, poo and paper down the loo.”

According to CCWater research a growing number of consumers (64 per cent in 2014 compared to 43 per cent in 2013) can identify what items should not be flushed down the loo. But wet and so called ‘flushable’ wipes still accounted for up to a third of sewer blockages in some parts of England and Wales.

And ultimately it’s customers who end up footing the bill to clear up the mess through their water and sewerage bills.

So CCWater is asking households to remember its top tips to ‘keep it clear’: And we agree!

  • ONLY FLUSH – the 3Ps – Pee, Poo and toilet Paper down your loo.
  • DON’T FLUSH – other items including wet, nappy or ‘flushable’ wipes; nappies and pads; cotton buds; tissues; plastic bags and wrappers; sanitary towels; plasters and chewing gum. Bag them and bin them instead.
  • DON’T POUR – cooking fats, oils and greases down the sink or drain. Instead KEEP A FAT TRAP or container in the kitchen to collect waste fats, oils and grease. Many water companies will provide you with a free fat trap.

DO ALLOW – small amounts of fats, oils and grease to cool and scrape them into a container or newspaper before binning them.